The Door Of Adventure
21 July 2022

Right in the centre of the picture – an opening in earth, a vast doorway to a cave. What’s inside? Pirates, treasures, an old castle, ghosts, a secret military base or supervillain lair, the nest of some monster, a portal to another dimension, a hideout… anything and everything is possible just from the one visual. Everywhere I look, I see stories wanting to be told. I know I can’t tell them all – and to tell good ones take time, patience and a lot of hard work. This means it takes much longer than I’d like it to take – and I may not even get to all the stories on my list, let alone all the stories I’d like to tell, to say nothing of all the stories out there. When I was a child I looked at the world the same way… a single visual would set me on my way for a trip in imagination that would take all of a warm afternoon. It happens now too… but there is also the left side of the brain, there to temper, and adjust, and limit, and contain. You need both to write a good story – creativity by itself isn’t a product. Back when all I had to do was dream about stories, I could go down every cave unrestrained. Now – I do have to think about what would actually happen if I do go down there. It makes fewer stories… but they go deeper. Boy oh boy – and the things waiting at the bottom…

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.